Carlos Alcaraz beat Argentine Federico Coria in the second round of the US Open this Thursday. The young Spaniard closed the game by 3 sets to 1 (6/2; 6/1; 7/5) at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the tournament’s main arena. At just 19 years old, the world number 4 could become the youngest ranking leader in ATP history.
Carlos Alcaraz walks in the second round of the US Open — Photo: Frey/TPN/Getty Images
The fight over who will be the best tennis player in the world is just beginning. The tournament started with 5 athletes in this fight, but Tsitsipas lost in the first round. Now Alcaraz, Medvedev (current number 1), Nadal and Ruud fight for the throne. For Alcaraz to achieve this feat, he needs to win the Grand Slam.
The game started off tight. Argentine Federico Coria did not drop the bone in the first games of the match. The Spaniard almost suffered a break at the start of the first set, but managed to hold on well. In the fourth game, when he was 2×2, Alcaraz showed that he knows how to use the back ball with volley like few others and broke the Argentine’s service after a spectacular lob. From there, the Spaniard never stopped. He broke another service and closed 6/2.
Carlitos entered the second set putting pressure on the Argentine. He broke the first serve with powerful return balls and killer volleys. The young Spaniard started to enjoy the game and didn’t give Coria any chances. He closed the set with extreme tranquility by 6/1.
Argentine reacted in the third set. Coria was down by 4/2 when he broke the Spaniard’s serve and then tied at 5/5. Carlitos slowed the game down, but managed to come back with everything. With strong attacks in the background and intelligence on the way up to the net, the 19-year-old scored 7/5 and advanced to the third round.
Iga Swiatek won another match in the American Grand Slam. The world number 1 eliminated Sloane Stephens in the second round with partial 6/3 and 6/2. In the first round, the Polish passed over Jasmine Paolini by 6/3 and 6/0. After the victory, Swiatek said that she wants to catch Serena Williams in the final, in case the two advance. Iga Swiatek will face Lauren Davis in the next round.